Sorapong Chatree Movies and Career Information
Dec 08, 1950
Sorapong Chatree (Thai: สรพงษ์ ชาตรี, born December 8, 1950 in Ayutthaya Province) is a Thai film actor. He has frequently starred in the films of Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol, as well as in Cherd Songsri's classic romance, Plae Chow. Sorapong became one of the top male stars by the mid 1970s, eventually displacing the older Sombat Metanee from the lead position. As he aged, he retained his popularity and is well known today as a major supporting actor. He was named a National Artist of Thailand in 2009. In the 1980s and early 1990s, the international rights to many of films featuring Sorapong were obtained by the Hong Kong production companies IFD and Filmark; these films were then edited together with newly-shot footage (often featuring ninja and directed by Godfrey Ho) in order to produce a movie that can be more easily marketed to the Western market while only shooting about 15 minutes of original footage. In general IFD productions credit Sorapong but no other Thai actors, while Filmark's credit only the western actors (despite more than two-thirds of the film typically being of Thai origin).